John deJong

John deJong is hard to pigeon hole (at six foot three and 240 pounds, he really wouldn’t fit into a pigeon hole). John married into the business 31 years ago. Boy Friday is the best all-around description of his job at CATALYST through the years. Chief Enabler of the CATALYST Infomaniac in Chief (aka Greta) is another apt title. Since 1992 he has written "Don't Get Me Started," a column covering politics, environmental issues and whatever is stuck in his craw this month. With Hillary Clinton's eminent election he decided to lay off politics. You know how that came out.


Politics, Think

Health and Racism: Covid 19 and Black Lives Matter have forced us to reexamine our society’s basic assumptions of what is fair and unfair. What is just and unjust. What we need and what we don’t really need.

Economic discrimination and racism are needed by tyrants big and small to perpetuate their unfair and unjust dominion. Locally, two of the most egregious unfair, unjust and unneces …


Environmental Politics, Think

Indoor air quality

You can’t see it but you may smell it. The cloud of smog lurking under the latest inversion isn’t the only pollution cloud on the horizon. Every house, office and classroom has its …


Environmental Politics, Think

Greta Thunberg should study economics.

And U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin should study morals. Last month, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in response to a reporter’s question about whether Greta Thunber …


Environmental Politics, Heal, Health

Smaller, deeper, deadlier

From PM10s to ultrafines, what particulate matter comes down to From the beginning of time, humans have lived with air pollution. With the discovery of fire we began to poison ours …


May 2019

READ THE FLIP-THROUGH VERSION ON ISSUU On the Cover Culture, Think America’s ancient earthworks By Graham Hancock | April 30, 2019 What the prehistoric mounds and myths of No …


Mindfulness, Resources

Can this be recycled?

Recycling rules change with the market. We’re here to keep you abreast of the latest news! I get asked the question almost daily, from family, friends, neighbors: “Can this be recy …


Innocent after proven guilty

When courts of law forbid the truth I started out writing about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recent report on the challenges in keeping global warming bel …


Energy, Technology, Transportation

I Don’t Brake for the Environment

Pretty pretty Nissan Leaf with Tenessee plates Talk about “song-in-you-head. As we approached the 2018 Nissan Leaf the salesman points out the manufacturer’s Tennessee plates. John …


Urban Planning

Don’t Get Me Started: This is your brain on bad science

Salt Lake City to be test dummy for 5G-and-beyond technology. The next, next big thing in telecommunications will be prototyped in Salt Lake City over the next five years. With fun …



Don’t Get Me Started: Upper Class Twitters

In a recent court case in Manhattan, seven “followers” of Donald Trump’s Twitter account sued the President on First Amendment grounds to prevent him from blocking them from his fe …


Social Justice

Don’t Get Me Started: Assault on Society

In the autumn of 1969, just as soon as my basic training company had learned to disassemble, clean, re-assemble and fire the U.S. Army’s M-14 battle rifle, the Army decided to acce …


Health, Transportation

Love Your Lungs: I’d Rather Be Reducing My Carbon Footprint

The most important thing to remember about our inversions is that the air is dangerous to breathe. And not just a little dangerous, as if the damage you do to your lungs will heal …


Community Profiles, Connect, Expand, Mindfulness

Walking with John: A walk, a talk, a dance, a book

Things that nourish the soul. I’ve been reading Michael Pollan’s essential Cooked (2013: Penguin), while I take mass transit to and from work. Mass transit, as in I transit my mass …